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Demings to announce new COVID-19 recommendations Wednesday

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says he’ll be making “appropriate adjustments” to the county’s response to COVID-19’s latest surge.”We’re continuing to refine some of the data that we have and will make adjustments but tomorrow we’ll make an announcement,” Demings said.While details of the changes are yet to be shared, it doesn’t appear they’ll be as drastic as what was put in place back when the pandemic began,”I’m highly encouraged that we can keep businesses open, keep commerce flowing and reduce the spread of the virus at the same time,” Demings said.Orange County is seeing high levels of the virus, comparable to prior peaks in the pandemic.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidance for COVID-19 hot zones, advising even people fully vaccinated to put masks back on indoors.”We always have been proactive,” Demings said.Orange County government gave that same recommendation more than a week ago.While the vaccine rate is the highest than any other county in the region, and above the state average, the mayor says he’s disappointed in it, saying: “We could do better.””We are going to develop some strategies to increase the rate, and then we have to slow down the spread of the virus,” Demings said.New COVID-19 cases aren’t slowing down in Orange County. The county-run testing site at Barnett Park hit capacity again Tuesday.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says he’ll be making “appropriate adjustments” to the county’s response to COVID-19’s latest surge.

“We’re continuing to refine some of the data that we have and will make adjustments but tomorrow we’ll make an announcement,” Demings said.

While details of the changes are yet to be shared, it doesn’t appear they’ll be as drastic as what was put in place back when the pandemic began,

“I’m highly encouraged that we can keep businesses open, keep commerce flowing and reduce the spread of the virus at the same time,” Demings said.

Orange County is seeing high levels of the virus, comparable to prior peaks in the pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidance for COVID-19 hot zones, advising even people fully vaccinated to put masks back on indoors.

“We always have been proactive,” Demings said.

Orange County government gave that same recommendation more than a week ago.

While the vaccine rate is the highest than any other county in the region, and above the state average, the mayor says he’s disappointed in it, saying: “We could do better.”

“We are going to develop some strategies to increase the rate, and then we have to slow down the spread of the virus,” Demings said.

New COVID-19 cases aren’t slowing down in Orange County. The county-run testing site at Barnett Park hit capacity again Tuesday.

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